Leadership Training Program: Empowering the Next Generation

Leadership Training Program: Empowering the Next Generation

April 5, 2011

Masa Israel Journey’s Building Future Leadership program gives young adults tools and connections to make a difference in their communities
(New York, NY) – This week, 500 exceptional young adults will participate in Building Future Leadership, Masa Israel Journey’s intensive, weeklong leadership program in Israel.  Chosen from nearly 10,000 individuals from all over the world who are studying, interning, and volunteering in Israel, Building Future Leadership prepares young adults to fill leadership positions when they return to their campuses and communities.
 
With young adults’ increased interest in Jewish communal work following their time in Israel, Masa Israel, a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, is committed to helping its alumni stay involved. Jewish campus and communal organizations are now actively seeking Masa Israel alumni to take leadership positions upon their return home.  Organizations involved in the Building Future Leadership program include the Jewish Federations of North America, the Israel on Campus Coalition, Hillel, PresenTense, and AVI CHAI.
 
“Masa Israel’s Building Future Leadership is one of the important ways that we are preparing young Jewish adults for future leadership opportunities following their immersive Israel experiences,” said Masa Israel’s North American Director, Avi Rubel.  “I believe that the growing pool of Masa Israel alumni will play a decisive role in connecting their peers to Israel and in strengthening their home Jewish communities.”
 
Building Future Leadership’s weeklong events include discussions about critical issues facing the Jewish people, leadership skill development sessions focused on entrepreneurship, public speaking, and networking, trips to the Knesset and Yad Vashem, and meetings with social activists and community leaders.  Participants can choose to focus on Israel education, Israel advocacy, social justice and tikkun olam, or Jewish peoplehood.
 
In the workshop, “From Vision to Reality,” participants will also be able to outline a project they hope to pursue in their home communities.
 
Last year, Jordana Gilman, a Nativ gap year participant, created a project focused on bringing interfaith programming to campus and connected with Cornell’s Hillel rabbi so that he would anticipate her arrival.  Now as chair of interfaith programming and Jewish education and culture at Hillel, Gilman is planning a civil rights seder.
 
“It was truly a growing experience for everyone, and it personally made me very excited for the next year,” said Gilman. “I came out of the conference with some solid, realistic, ready-for-action program plans and college-level leadership techniques.”
 
The Building Future Leadership program will take place in Jerusalem from March 6 – 11, 2011. A follow-up meeting will take place on May 23, 2011.
 
For more information about Building Future Leadership, contact Masa Israel’s Director of Public Relations, Rachel Trager at (917) 371-5569 or racheltr@masaisrael.org and visit www.masaisrael.org/bfl.

Silvia Geva

Silvia Geva

Chief Marketing Officer

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Repair Interview: Shoshana Wineburg and the Yahel Social Change Program

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Yahel is a new and exciting addition to the world of Jewish service (and also a Repair the World grantee). Founded by Dana Talmi, the organization, which is less than a year old, is already making huge strides in promoting service in Israel.
 

Meet Masa Israel

Meet Masa Israel

 
Masa Israel’s team combines professional expertise with volunteer passion to connect young Jewish adults to 5-12 month immersive, life-changing experiences in Israel. Masa Israel participants will change the world, and we are proud to help them on their journey!

Yana Mazurovsky

Yana Mazurovsky

Marketing Coordinator

Margalit Lifshitz

Malki Ben Uliel

L’Yerushaliym (To Jerusalem)…

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By Rebecca Crystal, Dance Journey
 
This past week was only a half-week of dancing, and then we went on a trip to Jerusalem for Wednesday and Thursday.  Though I’ve been there six or seven times before, I never fail to be struck with awe at the beauty and complexity of this amazing city.  The day we went to the Western Wall, it was sunny and beautiful.  I really enjoyed being there with some of my non-Jewish friends here–it seemed l
 

For Participants

For Participants

Welcome to the Masa Israel Community. Make it yours.
 
 
Congratulations! You’ve chosen a program, your bags are packed, and you’re ready to take the next step on your Masa Israel Journey.
 
As you prepare to join more than 10,000 young Jewish adults from 42 countries who are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime, we encourage you to take a look at the adventures that await you. Join the Masa Israel Community at community.masaisrael.org and share your excitement with fellow participants from your program and all the other programs. Connect with alumni from previous years to get advice before, during, and after your trip.
 
The Masa Israel Community offers additional seminars, concerts, lectures, and other extracurricular activities throughout the year. Add another dimension to your program, build new networks, and reconnect with old friends. 

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Israel Calls on Americans to Close Achievement Gap

Israel Calls on Americans to Close Achievement Gap

April 11, 2011

Israel joins trend of government-sponsored programs bringing native English speakers to enhance English education.
(New York, NY) – 100 exemplary North American college graduates will be chosen to teach in underprivileged communities in Israel for a 10-month service program in Israel in May 2011, Masa Israel Journey announced today. In order to address Israel’s educational inequity and the widespread underperformance of youth in low-income communities, Masa Israel Journey and the Israeli Ministry of Education are launching Israel Teaching Fellows to serve as volunteer English teachers throughout Israel.
 
Israel is joining the trend of foreign governments sponsoring college graduates who are native English speakers to teach English in their countries. Similar programs are JET in Japan, EPIK in Korea, Teaching Assistant Program in France, North American Language and Cultural Assistants in Spain, and English Opens Doors in Chile.
 
With young adults’ growing interest in international volunteer opportunities Masa Israel, a joint project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel, is making Israel a global hub for service programs. Out of 180 five-to-12-month volunteering, career development, and academic programs, Masa Israel has 10,000 participants and 16 post-college programs exclusively dedicated to service.
 
“It’s important to give young adults the opportunity to express their idealism through volunteering and Israel is a place where they can really make a difference,” says Masa Israel’s North American Director, Avi Rubel. “The Israel Teaching Fellows will enhance English education in Israel while building bridges between the American and Israeli communities.”
 
Following an initial training period, the Teaching Fellows will live in small groups in communities in Israel and teach for 20 hours a week. The Teaching Fellows will also choose and design secondary volunteer projects in their communities. Ongoing pedagogical support, Hebrew Ulpan, host families, and trips will be provided throughout their time in Israel.
 
Accepted Teaching Fellows must have college degrees and experience as educators and leaders. They must also demonstrate the ability to excel in a challenging cross-cultural environment and the desire to be immersed in Israeli society.
 
 
The inaugural Israel Teaching Fellows program will run from August 2011 – June 2012. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in May 2011.
 
For more information about Israel Teaching Fellows, visit: www.israelteachingfellows.org and contact North American Director of Masa Israel Journey, Avi Rubel at (212) 339-6938, (781) 308-4880 or avir@masaisrael.org.